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Skiddaw and a kitten
by mrssanta » Tue Aug 30, 2016 10:42 pm
Wainwrights included on this walk: Bakestall, Carl Side, Long Side, Skiddaw, Ullock Pike
Date walked: 24/08/2016
Time taken: 5
Distance: 11.5 km
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CWH has been on a work experience placement with a Vet practice in the Lakes and was due to be collected on Wednesday evening. Along with the stray kitten she has persuaded us she must bring home.
Anyway Wednesday being my day off I thought a sneaky trip to bag a Wainwright or two would be in order and asked number 2 son if he would like to join me. Skiddaw was the suggestion he made, so Skiddaw it was.
For a munro-bagger, Wainwrights are such fun, you get to add more ticks for your effort.
By the time we had bought essential kitten items, it was nearly ten o'clock. We got to the layby at the start of our walk at about noon. The forecast had promised high cloud and almost inevitable cloud free summits, with minimal chance of rain and exxcellent visibility. It was hot.
We set off pretty fast up the ridge, and I struggled a bit to keep up, but my companion was very patient and stopped every so often to wait for me.
We reached Ullock Pike after a hot steady climb up the ridge which was very pleasant, no difficulties there. Ullock Pike has one false summit but the true summit is not very much further. We thought of stopping on the top for lunch but there were a lot of people on the top, so we decided to move on to the next top. A short stroll over to Long Side where we stopped for a brew and lunch. We shared the summit with a couple, and a man with two dogs. It was warm and a little breeze appeared which was very welcome.
It's not far from there to Carl Side and a third tick but we decided to miss out Little Man otherwise we would be late in picking up CWH and the kitten. So next stop was Skiddaw Old Man the summit. The climb up is diagonally up a scree slope but the going is good, a wee bit loose at the top but no real difficulty.
There were dozens of people milling about on the top including a five year old sitting on the trig point who had walked all the way up on her own two legs. It was about 3pm and we decided it was worth it to take a wee detour to Bakestall, not that we are bagging Wainwrights or anything but it was not far out of our way and a top we were unlikely to come back for.
From Bakestall we contoured round the side of the hill aiming to pick up the top of the track at NY254297 but we came across a path not marked on the map which seemed to be descending steeply in the direction we had intended, so we took this as it was much easier going than fighting through the heather. This was pretty steep and then pretty boggy as it crossed Barkbeth Gill, but it was easily followed to the bridge over Southerndale Beck and thence back to the car.
by simon-b » Wed Aug 31, 2016 10:17 pm
by basscadet » Thu Sep 01, 2016 2:21 pm
Should of just taken the kitten We found a kitten abandoned under a bush at just days old.. Ended up having to take it up Ben Loyal for a compleation as it was too young to go more than an hour or two without feeding - All went well, She just sat in the big front pocket of my Dads rohan top and seemed to enjoy. Of course the top got peed on and dad wasn't happy, but made the day more memorable.. This would be about 1988 I reckon.. Cat grew up to be a mighty beast
by mrssanta » Thu Sep 01, 2016 8:33 pm
by johnkaysleftleg » Sat Sep 03, 2016 2:28 pm
by mrssanta » Sat Sep 03, 2016 8:19 pm
My happy mug is getting a bit of a wink.
by Alteknacker » Sun Sep 04, 2016 8:46 am
It made me smile to see the smiley mugs in England !
by simon-b » Sun Sep 04, 2016 11:31 pm
mrssanta wrote:And if it were in Scotland, Skiddaw would "count"!
Alteknacker wrote:I've never fancied Skiddaw because of a combination of proximity to Keswick (= lots of folk), and its apparent lack of "character". But on this route you seem largely to have avoided the crowds; and in these pics the hill looks quite a bit more characterful than I'd imagined. Maybe I should give it a try...
Skiddaw definitely counts when you see it from Scotland! It stands out as the most distinctive peak on the English horizon when you look south from the Southern Uplands on a clear day. And there are plenty of quieter routes on and around the mountain away from the tourist track.
by ChrisW » Tue Sep 06, 2016 6:16 pm